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After years of touring show bands, performing with & opening for such notable artists as: Ray Charles, Kenny Loggins, The Police, Kenny Chesney, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Michael McDonald & more, a old familiar tug at my heart began to overwhelm me. It was time to move on. I abandoned the road, my friends and the superlative artists I’ve been so blessed to perform with, and moved back to my boyhood home in the Adirondack mountains to realize a long-standing vision I’ve had for my own art.
With the seemingly endless proliferation of physical & emotional violence, misogyny & materialism in contemporary music, I’ve devoted myself to keeping my tunes positive in spirit. Colored by the pure, simple grace of a search for the truths of this world and the next, and inspired by the beauty and balance of nature, and my connection to the souls who share the journey, my music and sound are as varied as the trails I’ve walked and the friends who’ve walked them with me.
Each tune comes to me in its own way and time, with its own life and spirit to express. I’ve awakened at dawn with an idea and fleshed the work out by the end of the day; other songs have played hide-and-seek with me for years before I knew them well enough to capture their essence with a net melody and lyrics. I am a multi-instrumentalist, sometimes playing every instrument on my own recordings. In recent years however, I’ve been lucky enough to connect with some truly amazing musicians who’s masterful skills and intuitive approach to their art dovetails perfectly with the vision I have for my own work. Together we are LokoPelli - exploring the melody of life.
The LokoPelli sound is hard to define, and not genre specific. Indeed, it changes like Adirondack Mountain weather!
‘Golden Ground’ starts with a swirling piano motif, like falling autumn leaves tossed in the winds, then you’re hearing native flute, hammered dulcimer, djembe drums and pan flute against the ever-increasing energy of the contemporary rhythm section.
‘Appalachian Wind’ begins with round, singing, organic wind chimes and a plaintive soprano sax free form improv, wending its way through space like a spring wind; suddenly, it becomes an energetic smooth jazz groove, joyful and free.
The bridge of ‘Coming Home’ features cathedral pipe organ and harpsichord, while acoustic grand piano and soprano saxophone carry the verses.
The haunting sylvan sound of Native American flute appears against backgrounds of celtic, classical, New Age, and World music, while the funky ‘Shut The Fffront Door’ is all about popping bass, hip-hop drums and a lead duo of tenor saxophone and trumpet!
From the contemporary blues sound of ‘Road To Nowhere’ to the mystical, meditative pulse of the new age ‘Shaman’s Journey’, part of the energy work series, it’s hard to know just how to peg us, but hopefully you’ll find something here that reminds you to recognize the same beauty and truth in your own life that has inspired this music in me!
Please write, say hello and let me know what you think; let’s not be strangers! – Neil